One of the most important heavy equipment is the aerial lift. But in order to fully operate it, you have to know how it functions and understand the basic safety precautions before fully putting it to use.
Axis Capital Group, a company which sells and rents capital heavy equipment in Singapore and has now been one of the trusted companies operating in Jakarta, Indonesia, provides free guidelines for the proper management of aerial lifts:
This seems an obvious must before operating a he avy machine but with the scarcity of manpower nowadays, it is often disregarded. Make sure you have received proper training (both general and hands-on), as well as familiarization with the product you will operate.
2. Inspection and Review
Perform a pre-operation inspection and functions test before each shift. This is no different from checking a dozer for hydraulic leaks, unusual wear, or debris in the tracks, and testing to be sure the blade moves freely in the directions it is supposed to.
3. Fall protection
Make sure you are fully armored. As you will be dealing with aerial lifts, falling can be a big risk. Wear fall protection when operating a boom. This means a full body harness and lanyard or self-retracting lifeline.
4. Rescue plan
In the event that you cannot lower the aerial, have a rescue plan in place so other trained and familiarized personnel are aware you are operating the unit and can assist from the ground controls. Make sure you have even a walkie-talkie in hand or any communication device which you can use to signal your comrades.
Keep the platform clear of all debris. Remove any item that is not necessary to do your work. If it cannot be avoided, immediately send out warning to those below to avoid falling debris.
Here are some of the most common types of aerial lifts:
1. Articulated Boom Lifts
Also frequently referred to as knuckle lifts, articulated boom lifts are made up of a work platform which has been mounted on an arm that can pivot in order to reach around structures in its way.
2. Telescoping Boom Lifts
As the name insinuates, the telescoping boom lift is mounted on a straight, extendable (telescoping) arm which sits on a turntable that rotates. Frequently it is used in jobs which require the workers to reach areas higher than other boom lifts have the ability to extend to.
3. Towable Boom Lifts
A towable boom lift is great because it is easy to transport, hence the name. Due to their transportable nature, they make moving from one job as simple as packing up and towing the boom lift.
Critics say it’s too ambitious for the government to think of constructing flyover roads in the busy streets of Jakarta, Indonesia. Despite the complaints though, the first drilling already began in 2010 which was supposedly finished in 2012 but due to unforeseen circumstances, the completion has been postponed overtime.
With one goal in mind, major companies like Axis Capital Group, a company which sells and rents capital equipment in Singapore and has been able to bring their business to Jakarta has teamed up with the government by lending their equipment for free.
The Flyover Roads project constitutes two viaducts above current roads: the Antasari - Blok M viaduct and the Kampung Melayu - Tanah Abang viaduct. With very limited space in Jakarta, vertical infrastructure is regarded to be the best solution to Jakarta's serious traffic problem.
As the traffic congestion situation has already reached alarmingly levels for many years and the government is seemingly reluctant to lower gasoline subsidies or invest in public transportation, these flyover roads - above current important artery roads - are regarded as the best solution. The project is funded by the Jakarta Local Budget (Anggaran Pendapatan dan Belanja Daerah, APBD).
Antasari - Blok M Flyover
The Antasari - Blok M flyover is located in South Jakarta, the third most populous among the five cities of the Jakarta Special District. The total length of this flyover will be 4.846 meters while its width will be 17.5 meters. Vertical distance from the existing road is around ten meters. The whole project will take one year and 7.5 months to be finished, followed by a maintenance period of 180 days.
Kampung Melayu - Tanah Abang Flyover
This flyover road will connect Kampung Melayu in East Jakarta to Tanah Abang in Central Jakarta. It will have a length of around 2.5 kilometers and combined costs of around USD $85 million. Similar to the Antasari - Blok M flyover, this road will have an altitude of ten meters above the existing road and is targeted to be completed in 2012.
Despite the best efforts and great intentions, critics continue to put out warnings to the public that the idea that building new roads will improve the “road ratio” (the number of vehicles compared to the total length of roads available) and thus reduce traffic congestion is a false assumption.
This is because if the government builds new roads or widens existing roads, we see an increase in the number of personal vehicles on them.